My department manager was looking for an intern.
Boss: It doesn’t have to be a graphic designer, just someone that can use Adobe Illustrator efficiently and has an eye for detail and composition.
Me: So… a designer?
I was designing a website for a client. Over time, the client requested lots of little changes to the content. One weird result of this, though, is that any photos that included women were slowly removed.
Client: Could you remove that person in this photo?
Me: Okay, but that means there are now no more women on the website?
Client: That’s fine, we’re not marketing just for women. We’re not sexist!
Me: I’m back from my work trip. Do you still need those modifications to your logo files?
Client: Hey! I was actually able to talk with my IT guy and he taught me how to use gimp to do all of that. But I will definitely let you know if I need anything else done.
Me: (WRITHING IN SYMPATHETIC PAIN FOR USING GIMP)
I had made a packing design that was approved but not yet fully paid for.
Client: We are really in a hurry, so please send fonts and colors you’ve used ASAP. And what software do you use to design things? This is urgent!
Me: What do you mean? Do you need print files? Sure, but I need to be paid before I send you the finished files.
Client: Why do we have to pay you? This was our idea of design! I even sent you mock-up in Photoshop!
Client: We want you to make the text the same color blue as the background.
Me: The text is directly over top of the background. If it’s the same blue, you won’t be able to see it. It will just be a blue box.
Client: Please, just do as we ask.
I made the edit and showed the client what their artwork would look like.
Client: Okay, make the text white again.
A friend of mine contacted me to make him a small landing page. He sent me a link to show how he wants it.
Client: I want exactly the same layout and format of the page, but just change the links and the background image.
Me: Sure. Can do.
I sent him a preview of the site.
Client: Loving it, but could you make it so it won’t look like the page I sent you? However, the elements need to be exactly the same and in the same layout.
Me: Hmmm… Okay?
I changed the menu links order since it was the only thing on the landing page and sent it back.
Client: Why can’t you understand? It needs to be exactly the same but different.